Mark my words podcast

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PODCAST: Mark Beyer and Dan Wilkie discuss the stockmarket rout, Ben Wyatt, housing construction recovery, Paul Blackburne, infrastructure priorities, the Biome project, and our special report on Oil and Gas Projects.…

Free voice calls no excuse for poor service quality, says Trai chief

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Telcos are citing free voice calls to duck action on poor quality of service, but that will not pass regulatory muster, Trai Chairman R S Sharma said on Sunday, assuring users that the issue of call drops remains on its agenda.


The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) head said the watchdog’s earlier provision for a penalty on telcom firms for call drops was successfully challenged in the Supreme Court, but the regulator will continue to work for improving the quality of service.



“Most of the telcos are offering voice free, their argument is that if something is free, how much can you (Trai) punish me because I am not getting anything for that, which may not be correct because they are essentially cross-subsidising,” Sharma said at the Asia Economic Dialogue here.


The comments come amid continuing call drops being experienced by subscribers across the country.


After the entry of Reliance Jio in 2016, voice calling has become virtually free as it is getting embedded in the data plans. This has resulted in entrenched operators losing their biggest revenue stream, which has led to financial troubles.

Hyundai February sales dip 10% to 48,910 units; exports down 22%

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Motor India Ltd (HMIL) on Sunday reported a 10.3 per cent decline in total sales at 48,910 units in February.


The company had sold 54,518 units in the same month last year, HMIL said in a statement.



Domestic sales were down 7.2 per cent to 40,010 units as against 43,110 units in February 2019, it added.


The company’s declined 22 per cent to 8,900 units as compared with 11,408 units a year ago.

New to trading? How to avoid rookie errors

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Financial markets trading is growing in popularity in all corners of the globe in recent years and it is likely you will know someone who has embarked upon their journey.

For those who “get it right” there are many advantages including an additional income stream, flexibility and, in some cases, tax-free winnings from the market.

When you begin your trading journey, you will make mistakes. As harsh and hard as this may sound, it is the truth, and it is important to be aware that you aren’t going to be an exception, but instead you’ll be the rule. In fact, it happens so often right at the start that over 90 percent of first-time traders choose to give it all up and never trade again.

But there is something you can do to prevent this from happening if it hasn’t already, and stop it from happening again if it already has. It’s quite simple: you need to know what the differences are between those who are successful in their trading endeavours and those who aren’t. Knowing this small but vital piece of information will lead you down the right path, and help you to make more of your trading portfolio.

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